"Oh, don't leave! You'll miss my coming-out party!"
In the first season Halloween episode, Rita: "I love to get nasty, it's so nice!"
"Lights, Camera, Action" has the following exchange:
Rocky: They (the Power Rangers) really reached out and touched me.
Ms. Applebee: Actually class, they really reached out and touched young people all across the world.
"Two Heads are Better Than One" has two of the mothers at the end say "Two Moms are better than one!" On a minor note, when Finster is designing the Two-Headed Parrot, he notes that "one head here and another down there". Three guesses as to what part of the male anatomy "down there" refers to.
You will never take the Tengas seriously again if one knew that their name is used as an adult toy in Japan.
In "A Bad Reflection on You", Skull asks the Evil!Kimberly if she wants to go see "the submarine races". While there are such a thing as submarine races, the context in which Skull asks is slang for making out and maybe even sex.
Tommy, Zordon's paladin, or someone who just wants revenge, and doesn't mind throwing his friends under the bus to do it? Does he divorce himself from the Green Ranger?
Is Billy the de facto leader of the Power Rangers? Zordon, while delivering bad news, frequently singles out Billy as the only Ranger who can divine a solution. Without Billy's technological know-how, the team would often have no strategy whatsoever with which to progress.
Alternate Self Shipping: Tommy Oliver is sometimes paired with his clone/ancestor Tom. There're even a few fics that are threesomes of Tommy, Tom, and the White Stranger.
And You Thought It Would Fail: Haim Saban spent years trying to bring Sentai to the US, only managing to do so when he found a network executive familiar with it in the president of Fox Kids, Margaret Loesch. Then Fox executives, announcers and affiliates also didn't have any faith - the last ones were only persuaded to broadcast when Loesch said they could have a cut in merchandise sales. And yet the show was a huge hit from the first airing, and started a franchise that remained a phenomenon through the 1990s.
Data Zone a ROCKIN song from the Fighting Game based off the show.
That little music played at the beginning of "Teamwork", "Food Fight", and "The Spit Flower"; and when Jason broke the bench press record in "A Pressing Engagement".
Ass Pull: Given that the show is made by splicing together stock footage from Sentai shows with American footage, this is sometimes inevitable:
In the "Green With Evil" arc of the first season, the zords are destroyed in a battle with the Green Ranger. In the very next episode, they're back and healed with zero explanation.note In Zyuranger, the guardian beasts fake their deaths by diving into the Magma from which they draw their power from and spend an entire episode out of commission, healing in secret. In Power Rangers, no such detail exists and the zords are back half an episode after they're "destroyed".
In the second season of the show wanted to change its stock footage from using Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger to Gosei Sentai Dairanger; however, in the show simply explains that the Rangers need to start using the Power of Thunder!
What is the Power of Thunder? Never really explained. Where did it come from? Never asked. If its always been available, why not use it sooner? Never brought up. The transition seriously gets a single short exchange of dialogue and is never questioned again.
The "Sword of Light" needed to transfer powers to another person back in Season 2 of Mighty Morphin'. Never mentioned again, and later power transfers just have the original Ranger giving their power coin/morpher to the new Ranger.
Lord Zedd had to be toned down after the Moral Guardians deemed him too scary. As a result, he went from being a serious and scary villain to a comedy relief villain like Rita... except, not really. Zedd only seemed less badass in demeanor, but actually following the entirety of Season 3 and even into Zeo, it's clearly a case of the opposite: He became MORE badass his schemes and forced the Rangers into constant defense, to the point of actually beating them.
When Tommy was introduced as a villain, he single-handedly took down the entire team. After this, he was given more power ups with each episode that only served to make him weaker. Then Rita stole the Green Ranger powers, which were only restored through Zordon giving Tommy bursts of his own energy, which made his powers unstable and unreliable before they were lost forever. Then Tommy became the White Ranger. And all was forgotten.
Don't forget Goldar, although his was more of a freefall than a decay. After "Green No More" when Tommy beat him while unmorphed, he went from The Dragon who was more than a match for the entire team, to someone who could get knocked flat on his back by an unmorphed Billy. And then Zeo came around...
People don't really think of him because he was always an idiot, but Rito. When he debuted he had the same silly personality but proved why you should Beware the Silly Ones: he led a gang of monsters in the destruction of the Thunder Zords, and yes, he had help with the four other monsters, but he did most of the work himself, even delivering the final blow. He gets his ass handed to him by the Ninja Megazord (still better than the Sentai where he was actually destroyed) and after that was getting his ass kicked as frequently and as pathetic as Goldar. He even got overpowered by Rangers throwing SNOWBALLS at him (granted neither the good side or evil side could use any powers, but still. He and Goldar had SWORDS).
She didn't disappear soon enough, unfortunately. In Season 1 she could wreck the entire team on her own. In her only Season 2 appearance, both her and Goldar were simultaneously taken out by the White Ranger. Subverted in the Zord fight, though, as the two of them simply shrugged off blasts from the Thunder Ultrazord.
The Z-Putties were introduced as superior to Rita's Putties, and the Rangers initially had difficulty defeating them, even morphed. Their Achilles' Heel was quickly discovered, and over time they become easier and easier to beat. They were eventually being destroyed by children with dodge balls.
Most of the villainous examples can be more attributed to an antagonistic case of Can't Catch Up. While the Rangers were constantly getting stronger and gaining new powers, the bad guys suffered from constantly sending minor minions and Monsters of the Week to do their dirty work instead of training or progressing personally.
Alpha 5. Some fans appreciate him for his role as team support, while others find his voice annoying.
Tommy Oliver can get more of this reception in modern times. Make no mistake, he was massively popular back during the 90s and quickly gained Ensemble Dark Horse status due to his run as the Green and White Rangers. However, once those 90s kids grew older, reactions to Tommy's character became more mixed. There are still quite a lot of people out there who love Tommy and consider him to the one Ranger who pretty much made the show. However, there are more people now who consider Tommy to be an overrated Invincible Hero with a bland personality who upstaged all the other Rangers and took all the spotlight for himself. And of course, there are fans who consider Tommy a decent character in his own right but also feel that the writers shouldn't have focused so much on him while taking away most of the spotlight from the other Rangers.
Kat Hillard is despised by Tommy/Kim shippers who believe she was created solely to take Kim's spot as the new pink ranger. On the other hand, her tragic backstory, Kimberly accepting to give Kat her powers, and even her time as Zeo Ranger 1 Pink have earned her a good chunk of fans as well.
The Aquitian Rangers are also divisive with some fans finding them to be bland and underdeveloped characters, while others find them to be interesting characters in their titular miniseries. The fact that they were the first Power Rangers team whose main ranger suits didn't originate from Zyuranger helps a bit.
"For Whom the Bell Trolls" had a giant Japanese boy standing next to the Megazord in one scene. It made sense in the corresponding Zyuranger episode, but was an out-of-nowhere occurrence here.
"The Rockstar" had a fight scene by a pool featuring a guy in blue tribal clothes gesturing in the background that the Rangers paid no mind to. Again, this made sense in Zyuranger (he was Dan, the unmorphed Triceraranger/Blue Ranger), but was out of place here.
Another episode has Pink Ranger hurrying off a Japanese boy to safety. Said boy had no prior introduction and the dialog doesn't address it.
Whether or not the team should have kept the Zyuranger costumes or switched over to the costumes from Gosei Sentai Dairanger. While the suits from Dairanger are well-liked in the fanbase, the debate is over if the Rangers should have used them. The fact that Saban used footage of the team's Sixth Ranger, as well as the mecha and the Super Chi-Power Bazooka doesn't help. It wasn't until Power Rangers Megaforce that they became a part of the Power Rangers canon.
Did the show get better or worse when Tommy became the White Ranger? Opinions vary. Some fans feel that the story of Tommy's redemption was one of the best parts of the show, and love the depth and dimension that it brought to the saga of the Rangers. Others dislike that it turned Tommy from a morally ambiguous Wild Card to a clean-cut Standardized Leader, and that it largely made him the center of the show—which somewhat clashed with its Central Themes of friendship and teamwork.
It should be noted that this isn't necessarily because of overfocusing on Tommy. The problem comes with adapting Zyuranger, whose core team were made of cardboard cutouts even thinner than the teens with attitude. NONE of them had any meaningful storylines or proper expansions. Only Burai had ''anything resembling a character arc or expansion, so that's what the writers had to initially work with. Sure, past the point they were adapting Zyuranger episodes, there was less of an excuse, but there was an otherwise understandable precedent beyond "capitalizing on the most popular character" initially.
Lord Zedd and his connection to the Zeo Crystal. When Zedd scoffs at Master Vile's plan to capture the crystal, Rita laughs "He's right, Daddy! He tried to get the Zeo Crystal once, and look what happened to Zeddy's face!" Zedd replies with an unamused "Very funny, Rita." This could act as a backstory for Zedd and why he looks like he does, but fans are strongly divided on whether or not Rita was making light of an event that actually happened, or if she just made the whole thing up to be an ass.
Is Season 2 an improvement or a step down from Season 1? It's got entries on this page under Growing the Beard and Seasonal Rot, with some very convincing arguments for both sides.
Discussions over whether Jason or Tommy was the better leader can get heated.
Creepy Awesome: Lord Zedd. His suit being meaty muscles, his cool theme, and his frightening first appearance where he took over, has made him one of the most popular Power Rangers villains. Even with Villain Decay, fans still liked him as it seemed he was more successful in defeating the Rangers after his marriage with Rita.
Rito: "Y'know, picking out a present for you has never been easy. Remember when Mom and Dad got you that little fire-breathing dragon, but you really wanted that cute little planet, so you used the dragon to burn the house down?"
Die for Our Ship: Kat among Tommy/Kim shippers. These fans hated Kat for trying to steal Tommy from Kim, ignoring the fact that Kat was under an evil spell, and once she was free from it she stopped. Hell, she even tried to hook Tommy up with a completely different girl, after Kim had dumped Tommy. And it was Tommy who finally pursued Kat.
Several of the show's monsters became extremely popular, to the point of being just as fondly remembered as the main villains. Probably the biggest of these was Pudgy Pig (who has ended up becoming sort of the quintessential MMPR monster), very closely followed by Eye Guy, King Sphinx, and Pumpkin Rapper. Knasty Knight, Madam Woe, Snizard, Shellshock, a good deal of the MMPR-exclusive Zyu2 monsters, Lipsyncher, Silver Horns, Garbage Mouth, Crabby Cabbie, See Monster, and Brick Bully also have a fair amount of fans to them.
Even Better Sequel: To several fans, the third season is considered to be the best season from MMPR.
Evil Is Cool: Lord Zedd set the standard of coolness for Power Rangers villains. Even after he suffered Badass Decay because Moral Guardians thought he was too scary, he still managed some great badassery.
Rita Repulsa, from the second season onwards after applying special makeup to make herself look a helluva lot more younger and beautiful.
Depending on who you ask (and how she's drawn in any given fanart), Lipsyncher.
Fanon: Since David Yost has come out as homosexual, many fans like to believe the character he played, Billy, was also secretly homosexual. Some even cite his preponderance of one-shot female love interests as evidence towards this, as Billy never had any sort of long or even short-term girlfriend.
Fair for Its Day: The original Black and Yellow Rangers being portrayed by an African-American and Asian-American actors was and still is met with criticism. However, some peoplefrom these demographics who grew up with the show did appreciate seeing these characters as superheroes and role models to look up to.
Fanon Discontinuity: A Friend In Need, the Poorly Disguised Pilot for Masked Rider, largely gets this treatment from fans, due to the fact that the aforementioned Masked Rider is widely given this treatment as well. Interestingly, the 3 parter is practically stand-alone (it's referenced once later, but that's it), meaning that if one was to jump straight into Ninja Quest after finishing season 2, they wouldn't miss anything. The only reason said episodes aren't listed under Canon Discontinuity is that while Time Force would later retcon Masked Rider to a Show Within a Show, the events of A Friend In Needare referenced later on in Mighty Morphinnote although it's not in a major way, so the part can still be skipped.
First Installment Wins: This is likely the only series the general population thinks about in regards to the 25-year-old franchise. It exploded in popularity when it first came out, and fears about losing that popularity led Saban and crew to keep on with the Mighty Morphin motif for two extra seasons. Subsequent series, though they all have their fans, didn't quite reach the heights of popularity that this series had. Much to the fandom's irritation, this has also led Mighty Morphin to get the most focus in merchandising and public relations matters. For example, the Power Rangers balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been the Mighty Morphin Red Ranger since its introduction, rather than any newer Rangers, because they're not nearly as recognizable to the general public. This applies to MMPR as well, since people remember the first roster of Rangers far more than any of their replacements.
Foe Yay: Adam/Scorpina and Kimberly/Zedd is canon.
Franchise Original Sin: The Green Aesop that was widely seen as Anvilicious in Power Rangers Wild Force existed as early as this series. The reason people don't complain about it here, however, is that it was eventually toned down, not to mention that it was more presented as the rangers raising awareness, as opposed to a motive to fight the villains. While Wild Force isn't entirely to blame, since the aesop was a result of the show being a direct translation of Hyakujuu Sentai Gaorangernote not to mention that prior to the Animus arc, it was practically a Fantastic Aesop in the show.
Many agree that the series improved when the "Green Ranger saga" arrived.
Season 2 was where the show proved it had legs. Prior to that the episodes were very formulaic (with the exception of the Green Ranger saga) and the overall mood was almost pure cheese until the genuinely scary Lord Zedd came along, starting with the destruction of the old Zords and the removal of the comical Rita Repulsa. This coincided with a noticeable boost in production quality (the actors appeared in costume with the helmets off, in addition to staging American-made fights scenes to better match the story) and the special effects jumped up in quality. Longer storylines became the norm and this got even more noticeable in season 3.
Scatterbrain is generally seen as the point when American footage of monster fights began to improve greatly in quality.
Lord Zedd once sarcastically asked, "What is it this time, Finster? A monster that blows itself up?" At the time, simply a humorous jab at the show's Once per Episode fantasy conventions. Nowadays, people are more aware that "a monster that blows itself up" has a very realistic context. And even putting the real world out of it, Power Rangers Lost Galaxy takes the concept and plays it for serious drama when Trakeena turns her entire army of Stingwingers into suicide bombers in the finale.
Likewise, at the beginning of the time capsule episode Billy is the one who personally hopes there won't be any prejudice in the future. This is painful to hear with the knowledge that David Yost would later quit the series because of the prejudice he was receiving from the crew in real life.
"Too much Pink Energy could be dangerous" went through this twice. First, Power Rangers Lost Galaxy killed off its Pink Ranger. Also, Power Rangers Dino Thunder shows that having two rangers with the exact same color and power set using the Morphing Grid at the same time is a very bad idea.
Every cute scene with Tommy and Kim is this due to what happens to their relationship in Zeo. Ditto with all those moments of brainwashed Kat talking about getting rid of Kimberly and taking Tommy for herself.
There was a YTMND featuring Rita Repulsa as Hurricane Rita, one of the three most destructive storms in the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Going back to Yost, there's the below-mentioned PSA, note where three children pretend to be Rangers, & gang up on a fourth child who they think took their ball where you shouldn't attack somebody because you think they're wrong.
"On Fins and Needles", where Rita casts a spell that turns Jason and Tommy against each other, is a tad uncomfortable knowing that there was Real Life bad blood between Austin St. John and Jason David Frank for a while.
In "Rita's Pita", Tommy teaches his student, Danny, the importance of respecting ones body. Later, in one of the D.A.R.E. PSA's from Power Rangers Turbo, Danny is shown to be underage smoking.
"Green With Evil: Part I" has a Brainwashed and Crazy Tommy infiltrating the Command Center and severing Zordon's connection to our dimension. Power Rangers in Space has Zordon being killed by a Ranger - albeit reluctantly and with Zordon's consent - to destroy the villains. Also, the Boom Studios comics has an evil version of Tommy killing the Zordon of his universe.
This PSA from the original series features a young Najee De-Tiege pretending to morph into the Blue Ranger. He would go on to play an actual Blue Power Ranger much later...
The crossovers between Super Sentai and Kamen Rider? Power Rangers did it first! As much as fans don't want to remember it, the Power Rangers met Masked Rider/Kamen Rider Black RX in 1995 while an actual crossover between the two franchises finally happened in 2009 with Shinkenger and Kamen Rider Decade.
In "Clean-Up Club", Bulk & Skull's video shows them practicing (miserably) with shinais. In Power Rangers Samurai, Bulk often uses shinais while teaching Skull's son Spike to be a samurai.
In "Calamity Kimberly", Tommy jabs that Bulk and Skull deserve their own show. Funny enough, there were originally plans for them to get their own spin-off series, during Power Rangers Turbo's run.
Tommy's Sentai counterparts are Burai from Zyuranger and Kou from Dairanger. Completely separate characters, but amusingly enough, Kou's actor had previously played young Burai in a flashback.
In "Putty on the Brain", Bulk & Skull suspect that anyone could be a Power Ranger. The stare at each other, before shaking their heads. One of them was a red herring for the Gold Ranger, and over 20 years later, Bulk's actor, Paul Schrier, would end up playing the Yellow Ranger in Power Rangers Hyperforce.
In "Zedd's Monster Mash", a girl goes as Red Ranger for Halloween. A decade later, we have the first female Red Ranger in Power Rangers S.P.D.. Another decade later, the first (chronologically) Red Samurai Ranger.
In "Crystal of Nightmares", Bulk & Skull dreamed that they were Power Ranger like heroes with Skull having a hot dog morpher and Bulk having a Cheeseburger morpher... 23 years later StarNinnger of Shuriken Sentai Ninninger happens to have a morpher shaped like a cheeseburger due to being a American Cowboy Ninja.
In "Different Drum", the monster Gnarly Gnome is destroyed by the Power Blaster but then, strangely enough, revived by Rita's wand. Later series/seasons have the Monster of the Week getting destroyed and then revived only to grow giant.
"White Light", episodes 17 and 18 of season 2, sees Tommy rejoin the team as the Sixth Ranger with White Ranger powers. The next time Sentai (as well as Power Rangers) would use Dinosaurs as a theme in a show, the sixth (well, fifth) rangerwould alsobe White. For bonus hilarity, the team colors for seasons 2 and 3 of Mighty Morphin are exactly the same as those of Abaranger if one includes the self-proclaimed Abarangernote Abarepink.
Lord Zedd's Zord, Serpentera, was restricted by a time limit due to the power supply it had...which is the exact same thing that would happen in Power Rangers Dino Charge when the villains had control of the Gold Ranger's mecha!
"The Trouble with Shellshock" ends with Kimberly remarking that if she ever sees another turtle, it will be too soon. The statement nowadays comes off as humorously prescient toward the Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation crossover in Power Rangers in Space (which by then, Kimberly was long-absent). Also, the Rangers would later get a turtle-based Zord.
In the same episode, Shellshock said "Wait 'till these teenage mutants see what a full-grown turtle can do.".
Also in the unaired pilot, Zack remarked that he's a "ninja turtle".
Speaking of anime roles played by Bosch, "Wild West Rangers" has Kimberly travel back in time to the colonial era and meeting her friends' identical ancestors. The site of Johnny Yong Bosch in old western duds and Steve Cardenas as a cowboy in red will likely bring Vash the Stampede to mind.
In season 3, the Rangers lose the "brute strength of the dinosaur" and gain the "swiftness and cunning of the ninja". The Disney Era of Power Rangers began with Power Rangers Ninja Storm and was followed by Power Rangers Dino Thunder, essentially an inverse of what happened in the MMPR Era. Tommy, who was present in MMPR for both the dinosaur and ninja incarnations of the team would also return as a regular for Dino Thunder. And the association of ninjas with cunning is rather funny when the main villain of Ninja Storm would develop a reputation for being too silly and incompetent.
During the "Green With Evil" saga, Skull tries to kiss Kimberly. She ducks out of the way, leading Skull to kiss Bulk instead. Yes, the first kiss to ever happen on Power Rangers was between two males.
Tommy and Jason, who even had several "breakup" episodes; Rocky and Adam, who were best friends
Plus Jason and Zack before and after Tommy shows up.
Billy puts a ring onto the finger of a statue of a man when the rangers have to retrieve a sword from it. The sword comes loose when the ring goes on. Just think about that.
Bulk and Skull. Not as much as some of the Rangers had with each other, but it was there.
Les Yay: Kim and Aisha, who were also best friends, briefly lived together, and there's a cute scene where Kim kisses Aisha on the cheek to cheer her up after a local sorority-ish club rejects her.
LGBT Fanbase: Jason. He hangs around a gym, tends toward fanservice as much as any other male ranger, is always hanging around Tommy...The false gay porn rumors only made it worse. Also, Zedd for that metal codpiece.
This itself is Harsher in Hindsight considering all the crap David Yost took from members of the crew about his sexuality.
Macekre: Par for the course for the franchise, but Season 3 is a notable case. The entire Kakuranger series was reversed; the Shogun Zords actually came first in Japan, followed by the Ninja Zords. (To say nothing of the Battle Borgs and Alien Rangers.) For example, Vampirus was the first Season 3 MOTW. The Japanese equivalent was in episode 36.
Magnificent Bastard: Lord Zedd, one of the few villains of the franchise to win against the Rangers multiple times.
Moe: Trini is the sweetest character on the whole show. Kimberly is slightly less moe than Trini, but still very cute and kind as well.
Mondegreen: At the start of "Food Fight" at the Cultural Food Festival, Ernie comments on the setup, saying it's "Really looking good", but because of the rather loud music playing over his line, it sounds more like he's saying "This is really fucking good".
MST3K Mantra: It's a show about teenagers in spandex fighting rubber monsters with transforming dinosaur robots while the school bullies get hit by flying cakes. Don't think too hard about it.
A good number of lines delivered when the Rangers are morphed. Turned Up to Eleven mid-season two when Jason, Trini and Zack are voiced by sound-alikes due to their actors quitting; while Zack's replacement voice actually does a passable impression of Walter Emanuel Jones, Trini's doesn't sound much like Thuy Trang, while Jason is voiced by someone who not only sounds absolutely nothing like Austin St. John, but simply cannot act to save his life.
How awkwardly put together the footage is spliced with the Sentai footage. A good example is during Scorpina's first fight with the rangers. She seems to have the upper hand, then it cuts to Rita applying makeup before Goldar and Scorpina come into the room arguing over how Scorpina apparently lost her fight with the rangers. We're never given any explanation as to how she lost and it's obvious Saban just cut the rest of the fight for time.
"Rocky Just Wants to Have Fun." When fans mention their dislike of Rocky, this episode is often referenced along with his Replacement Scrappy status.
The first black ranger was African American, the first yellow ranger was Asian American. Though they apparently didn't realise until 10 episodes in, and they flipped these around with the first ranger switch, and have only once done either of these since, people still bring it up over 20 years later.
The Sega Genesis adaptation is a serviceable 2D fighting game in a similar vein to Street Fighter.
The Game Gear version expands on the Genesis version by adding Putty Patrollers to fights against Rita's monsters.
The SNES version is a fun platforming beat-em-up, with the final two levels dedicated to Megazord battles. Those segments proved popular enough to be expanded upon in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Fighting Edition, based on the latter two seasons of the series with a dash of the movie.
One True Threesome: Rocky/Aisha/Adam. Also there are hints of Kim/Trini/any of the male rangers, Jason/Kim/Tommy, and Kim/Tommy/Kat?
And of course, few fans of MMPR would have realized, to begin with, that it was based on a Japanese franchise which had already been running for over a decade before Zyuranger.
Fans of Voltron will try and invoke this trope with respect to MMPR's use of Combining Mecha, which Voltron (1984) used first (Super Sentai started using the 5-unit combination in 1987). Whilst Zyuranger's (1992-3) mecha design was meant as a tribute to GoLion (1980), the actual trope goes back to Getter Robo in 1974.
The Problem with Licensed Games: Averted. The 16-bit games were surprisingly good. Mega Battle, released in 2017 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, plays it straight; while it has its fans, it's generally considered to be mediocre. The Gameboy games totally stunk though, both having poor controls and overly difficult bosses.
Ron the Death Eater: Fandom loves to portray Tommy post-"Green With Evil" as a morally conflicted Anti-Hero, and a wild card lone wolf. In the actual show, he's just as clean-cut as the other Rangers, and the reason he tends up late tends to be either his forgetfulness or being distracted by Putties or some extra-curricular activity.
Rooting for the Empire: Sure, they may have been cheesy and ridiculous-looking (when they weren't hideous), but you just can't help but root for Bulk & Skull (at the very least antagonists during the first two seasons). The main villains got this as well, as they were at the very least more interesting than the flat goody-good Rangers.
Saved by the Fans: Tommy was originally supposed to die like his Zyuranger counterpart. Instead, he was written out of the series. Jason David Frank moved on to the pilot Cybertron (which became VR Troopers, then his overwhelming popularity meant he was brought back.
Seasonal Rot: Season 2 is considered to be the weakest season of MMPR due to its Troubled Production, mediocre quality, replacing Jason, Zack and Trini with Rocky, Adam and Aisha and incoherent blend of Zyu2 and Dairanger footage in the first half, with one of the notable exceptions being Tommy becoming the White Ranger, though it did lead the show Growing the Beard by the next season.
Special Effect Failure: For some reason still unknown to this day, Saban apparently couldn't get their hands on the actual Zyuranger Dragon Armor and tried to make their own. The problem is, Saban's piece is made of of shiny gold fabric, which looks completely different from the matte gold FRP original.
It was actually explained somewhere that JDF told the producers he didn't think he could act well in the original shield, so after they originally replicated it, but had to remake it with cloth due to this reason.
The blade of Ninjor's combined lance weapon had the unfortunate habit of wiggling wildly back and forth.
The cameraman made the mistake of getting a few close-up shots of the Putties in "Rangers Back in Time: Part 1," meaning we're able to see the netting in their eyes and even the mouth of the actor through the opening in the mouth of the Putty's rubber mask.
Of course, there's the infamous duct tape visible on Zedd's Z-Staff in "Green No More: Part 2."
Stock Footage Failure: Numerous times Zyuranger footage is spliced together with the American footage, and the results are unconvincing.
Tommy's rise from "Green With Evil" had a small clip of Burai's silhouette arising from his cryogenic sleep. In another instance, Burai is clearly seen in "The Trouble With Shellshock" when the Green Ranger makes his appearance.
The most notable instance being when the Shogun Megazord combines with Titanus. As the two machines do not share a Sentai from which to pull footage, the American show blatantly resorts to using footage of the action figures for the scene, evidenced from the Zord having parts of the absent Dragonzord attached, decals that only exist on the toy, a different chestplate, and the White Shogunzord arm turning pink (the Sentai from which the Shogunzord originates has no Pink Ranger). While the Ninja Ultrazord was also made from the toys, the change in color on the Shogun Ultrazord REALLY sticks out.
Honestly, the special effects for the Ninja and Shogun Ultrazords aren't that bad. What kills it is the fact that they used the American toys instead of the original Japanese ones. As mentioned, the American toys had color differences and often replaced symbols and logos on the toys with the MMPR lightning bolt. Had Saban used the Japanese toys it likely would've been a lot less noticeable.
Another bad case is the stock footage of Zack, Trini and Jason during Season 2, as they left due to contract negotiations about 10 episodes before being written out. Most of the time they'd get away with it if you hadn't noticed they didn't film new group unmasked scenes from the B-Plot of the episode, but Zack frequently switches back to his hi-top fade from season 1 in the stock footage, whereas he had fairly distinct looking dreads in Season 2.
Also, Rita's Moon palace retained the blue "Bandora Palace" neon sign above the front door.
When Jason takes his Power Coin out to transform into a crystal, the words "Zyuranger Kyoryusentai" are clearly visible on his Power Morpher (known in the original series as the Dino Buckler).
The use of both Dairanger and Zyu2 footage during the first few episodes of Season 2 would also lead into the occasional flub where the Megazord switches from the original and Thunder Megazord between cuts.
In one shot of the episode "The Rockstar", Dan (Billy's Sentai counterpart) is clearly visible in one shot.
In another instance of careless stock footage use, Megazord was randomly joined by a giant Japanese boy in one shot of "For Whom The Bell Trolls", a remnant of how important children often were to the plot of Zyuranger.
The endless reuse of the shot of Lord Zedd throwing the growth grenade from his lair led to a mistake in "Rangers Back in Time: Part II", in which Goldar is on Earth fighting Tommy, but is still standing right next to Zedd in the stock footage.
They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Lord Zedd was very scary when first introduced in Season 2. Too scary. So the executives demanded he be toned down to being a silly loser in Season 3, ruining the point of how dangerous the Rangers' job is. He did recover a lot of his original qualities mid-way through the season in the three-part "Changing of the Zords."
Tommy, the team's Sixth Ranger, started out as evil but eventually turned to the side of good. Later on, Lord Zedd would recruit an entire team of Dark Rangers, who eventually turned good. Yet Zordon never recruits them as a second-team (either a back-up or a team to protect Stone Canyon) that would use the suits from Gosei Sentai Dairanger.
Some fans felt that giving Tommy more angst at being forced into evil and making him The Atoner could've given his character a bit more depth and made both occasions of him losing his powers all the more impactful. It is brought up on occasion a few times whenever Tommy gets brainwashed for the plot of the day or when an evil clone is made at one point but not for anything longterm and things are always back to the feel-good by the next episode.
Many fans feel this way about the aforementioned Dark Rangers never actually fighting the Power Rangers.
If they had kept Scorpina around, she would have been in "The Wedding" 3-parter, happy to see Rita return and becoming her Maid of (Dis)honor, and have a dance with the reluctant Goldar. With that said, the two would have developed a relationship together not unlike their Zyuranger counterparts.
Also, they could have reused the Power Eggs plot, which would configure into Rita's revenge on Zedd.
In Season 3, the Rangers gain armor, and at the end of said season, the Command Center is destroyed, but rebuilt at the start of Zeo. This would've been a perfect time to use the suits and updated Command Center from the movie to replace each respective one...but unfortunately, due to the decision to film the movie in Australia, they had to be left behind, meaning that not only was the chance to include them in canon lostnote as MMPR The Movie cannot take place in the main continuity, due to the Ninja Zords and powers being obtained differently from how they were obtained in the show; while one could view the movie as an alternate to A Friend In Need and Ninja Quest to explain those differences, there's still the fact that the Command Center and Zordon look so different from how they appear in the TV series, but we also had to deal with the glitter insteadnote in case anyone's wondering why the Dairanger suits weren't used: while the rangers changing into different outfits could've been explained away, as Dairanger did not have the same color scheme as Zyuranger, using them would've resulted in the team having its black ranger become a green ranger. Of course, Zordon could easily have come up with a simple explanation for that..
If Austin, Walter, and Thuy stayed a little longer, then Jason, Zack, and Trini would have been given a proper send-off like they've done with Kimberly in season 3. We would have also seen them interact with their future replacements and not suffer from being Demoted to Extra. Lastly, Tommy would officially be promoted to leader after the power transfer.
A mild inversion. While it's still universally regarded as a good installment, and is still considered the best by general audiences, many longtime fans have become aware of its abundance of filler and thin storylines, supporting the argument that there have been some better seasons since.
While quality-wise, many would argue that MMPR isn't the best season, popularity-wise it has stood the test of time. More to the point, the whole franchise as a whole proved doubters wrong in regards to them claiming Power Rangers was a fad that would die out along with The '90s. It has keep chugging along with new installment after new installment since then.
Season 3 is a slight case. It is generally perceived as the peak of quality solely within MMPR in terms of narrative, character focus, and having a serialized story arc, a quality carried over to Zeo and generally beyond. At the very least, many agree that if MMPR has to absolutely be emulated for nostalgia's sake, then at least future writers should look to Season 3, not Season 1.
Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: "Green With Evil" parts 3 and 5 are briefly interrupted by "Dance-offs"; the first between Billy and Zack and again between Zack and Alpha. (Some episodes of the first season had a little less than nineteen minutes of runtime, they had twenty-one minutes to use.)